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Students Rally Around Vice Principal in Dress Code Issue

Educator at College Park High in Pleasant Hill placed on leave after being accused of singling out girl

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    An East Bay assistant principal could be out of a job after allegedly calling out a female student for a dress code violation. Elyce Kirchner reports. (Published Monday, Sept. 12, 2016)

    An East Bay assistant principal could be out of a job after allegedly calling out a female student for a dress code violation.

    But on Monday, students at College Park High School in Pleasant Hill rallied around the educator with the hope of keeping him on campus.

    The controversy started last Thursday, when Vice Principal Gary Jensen reviewed with students what they can and cannot wear to school.

    That’s when a girl said she was singled out for breaking the dress code.

    "We just wanted to take a stand and say that we support him in every way possible and that we want him to come back," student Juliette Hoepker said about Jensen, who was placed on administrative leave while the issue was investigated.

    There’s also an online petition to keep Jensen from losing his job. The student accused Jensen of making comments about her outfit. The sophomore said Jensen singled her out for the dress code violation during an assembly, saying in part, "You can’t point out a single girl for wearing spaghetti straps in front of 300 students."

    College Park Principal Joe Alvarez declined to comment on the matter.

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    According to school rules, the tank top the girl was wearing may break dress code. The code states, "No thin cotton tank tops, traditionally sold and worn as underwear."

    "So for him to be blamed for enforcing school rules that the school told him to enforce is not his fault," Hoepker said.

    Student Sky Bermudez saw it differently.

    "Although they were breaking dress code, they should have dealt with and had punishments in a less humiliating way," Bermudez said.

    The student in question also said Jensen mocked teenage girls and told them not to show too much skin.

    The school district said four students filed complaints about Jensen. District officials are expected to wrap up their investigation Tuesday and decide whether Jensen will return to the campus.

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